Thursday, February 21, 2008


Gang mayhem cripples big area

Richard Winton, Susannah Rosenblatt and Andrew Blankstein | Los Angeles | February 22

Los Angeles Times - A drive-by attack followed by a wild shootout between gang members and police shut down dozens of blocks of Northeast Los Angeles for nearly six hours Thursday afternoon, stranding thousands of residents, keeping students locked in their classrooms and leaving two people dead. Veteran L.A. Police Department officials described the bizarre midday shootings -- and the widespread disruption they caused -- as highly unusual even in an area known for gang activity. It left the neighborhood littered with shell casings and its residents fearful.



The Shocking Document

Proof that during wwii, Nazi leaders and top German industrialists planned to rebuild the Nazi empire

Enclosure No. 1 to despatch No. 19,489 of Nov. 27, 1944, from the Embassy at London, England.



Office of Assistant Chief of Staff, G-2

7 November 1944


SUBJECT: Plans of German industrialists to engage in underground activity after Germany’s defeat; flow of capital to neutral countries.

SOURCE: Agent of French Deuxieme Bureau, recommended by Commandant Zindel. This agent is regarded as reliable and has worked for the French on German problems since 1916. He was in close contact with the Germans, particularly industrialists, during the occupation of France and he visited Germany as late as August, 1944.

1. A meeting of the principal German industrialists with interests in France was held on August 10, 1944, in the Hotel Rotes Haus in Strasbourg, France, and attended by the informant indicated above as the source. Among those present were the following:

Dr. Scheid, who presided, holding the rank of S.S. Obergruppen-fuhrer and Director of the Heche (Hermandorff & Schonburg) Company

Dr. Kaspar, representing Krupp

Dr. Tolle, representing Rochling

Dr. Sinderen, representing Messerschmitt

Drs. Kopp, Vier and Beerwanger, representing Rheinmetall

Captain Haberkorn and Dr. Ruhe, representing Bussing

Drs. Ellenmayer and Kardos, representing Volkswagenwerk

Engineers Drose, Yanchew and Koppshem, representing various factories in Posen, Poland (Drose, Yanchew and Co., Brown-Boveri, Herkuleswerke, Buschwerke, and Stadtwerke)

Captain Dornbuach, head of the Industrial Inspection Section at Posen

Dr. Meyer, an official of the German Naval Ministry in Paris

Dr. Strossner, of the Ministry of Armament, Paris.

2. Dr. Scheid stated that all industrial material in France was to be evacuated to Germany immediately. The battle of France was lost for Germany and now the defense of the Siegried Line was the main problem. From now on also German industry must realize that the war cannot be won and that it must take steps in preparation for a post-war commercial campaign. Each industrialist must make contacts and alliances with foreign firms, but this must be done individually and without attracting any suspicion. Moreover, the ground would have to be laid on the financial level for borrowing considerable sums from foreign countries after the war. As examples of the kind of penetration which had been most useful in the past, Dr. Scheid cited the fact that patents for stainless steel belonged to the Chemical Foundation, Inc., New York, and the Krupp company of Germany jointly and that the U.S. Steel Corporation, Carnegie Illinois, American Steel and Wire, and national Tube, etc. were thereby under an obligation to work with the Krupp concern. He also cited the Zeiss Company, the Leisa Company and the Hamburg-American Line as firms which had been especially effective in protecting German interests abroad and gave their New York addresses to the industrialists at this meeting.

3. Following this meeting a smaller one was held presided over by Dr. Bosse of the German Armaments Ministry and attended only by representatives of Hecho, Krupp and Rochling. At this second meeting it was stated that the Nazi Party had informed the industrialists that the war was practically lost but that it would continue until a guarantee of the unity of Germany could be obtained. German industrialists must, it was said, through their exports increase the strength of Germany. They must also prepare themselves to finance the Nazi Party which would be forced to go underground as Maquis (in Gebirgaverteidi-gungastellen gehen). From now on the government would allocate large sums to industrialists so that each could establish a secure post-war foundation in foreign countries. Existing financial reserves in foreign countries must be placed at the disposal of the Party so that a strong German Empire can be created after the defeat. It is also immediately required that the large factories in Germany create small technical offices or research bureaus which would be absolutely independent and have no known connection with the factory. These bureaus will receive plans and drawings of new weapons as well as documents which they need to continue their research and which must not be allowed to fall into the hands of the enemy. These offices are to be established in large cities where they can be most successfully hidden as well as in little villages near sources of hydro-electric power where they can pretend to be studying the development of water resources. The existence of these is to be known only by very few people in each industry and by chiefs of the Nazi Party. Each office will have a liaison agent with the Party. As soon as the Party becomes strong enough to re-establish its control over Germany the industrialists will be paid for their effort and cooperation by concessions and orders.

4. These meetings seem to indicate that the prohibition against the export of capital which was rigorously enforced until now has been completely withdrawn and replaced by a new Nazi policy whereby industrialists with government assistance will export as much of their capital as possible. Previously exports of capital by German industrialists to neutral countries had to be accomplished rather surreptitiously and by means of special influence. Now the Nazi party stands behind the industrialists and urges them to save themselves by getting funds outside Germany and at the same time to advance the Party’s plans for its post-war operation. This freedom given to the industrialists further coments their relations with the Party by giving them a measure of protection.

5. The German industrialists are not only buying agricultural property in Germany but are placing their funds abroad, particularly in neutral countries. Two main banks through which this export of capital operates are the Basler Handelsbank and the Schweizerische Kreditanstalt of Zurich. Also there are a number of agencies in Switzerland which for a five per cent commission buy property in Switzerland, using a Swiss cloak.

6. After the defeat of Germany and the Nazi Party recognizes that certain of its best known leaders will be condemned as war criminals. However, in cooperation with the industrialists it is arranging to place its less conspicuous but most important members in positions with various German factories as technical experts or members of its research and designing offices.

For the A.C. of S., G-2.


G-2, Economic Section

Prepared by



Same as EW-Pa 1,

U.S. Political Adviser, SHAEF

British Political Adviser, SHAEF


As Nasrallah threatens war within months, air travelers must fasten belts
By Israel Insider staff February 23, 2008

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Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Friday that his men in southern Lebanon were preparing for a new war with Israel in the coming months. Nasrallah said his organization will fight the IDF soldiers "in every wadi" in ways they haven't fought in the past.

Nasrallah spoke at a rally in front of thousands honoring Imad Mughniyah, the master terrorist and Hezbollah's military commander, killed in a car bombing in Damascus on February 12. "No one can protect the entire Israeli home front from our missiles," he said. "If they think of entering the south, to any valley, any hill, I swear you [Israelis] will carry your tanks and soldiers and your entire army will collapse under the feet of Imad Mughniyah," Nasrallah said.
"I swear to you Haj Imad, your blood will not go to waste," Nasrallah said.

"Destroying Israel is an inevitable outcome, a historic law, a divine doctrine," Nasrallah said. "When Israel won't have an army it won't survive, and that's what I said about Mughniyah's blood leading to the elimination of Israel."

He maintained that Hezbollah is waging an "open war" with Israel, emphasizing that "the war is open since 1948, before I was born."

In response to Hezbollah's threats of escalation, inbound flights to Israel are taking extra precautions due to hijacking threats. Israel will require that passengers on all incoming flights be confined to their seats in the half-hour before landing as part of heightened precautions against hijacking. The Transport Ministry issued an order to all domestic and foreign airlines on Wednesday.

"Our new policy is that planes lock their flight-deck doors and activate the 'please fasten seat belts' signs when 290 kilometers away from Israel," one Israeli security source said.

"It's a precaution against hijackers storming the cockpit in the final approach, given the current terrorist threat level," the source said, adding that previously it was up to the airlines to decide when to ask passengers to remain seated.

Israel last year began requiring that all pilots who fly to its airports use the Security Code System (SCS), a local invention designed to ensure any plane commandeered for an al Qaida-style ramming attack is spotted and intercepted in time.

On most flights, which approach Israel from the west, pilots equipped with the SCS must enter a personalized, technologically secured code when 290 kilometers out, so that air traffic controllers in Tel Aviv know the cockpit is in the right hands.

Aviation experts have suggested that, as a result, hijackers could wait for SCS compliance to have been established before striking. Keeping passengers seated until landing would help diminish such a threat, an Israeli security source said.

"The new regulations are definitely linked to our introduction of the SCS," the source said.

Since the al Qaida attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States has instituted mandatory pre-landing seating regulations for flights to some of its airports. There are also U.S. rules against incoming passengers congregating in plane aisles, historically a problem on flights to and from Israel, where religious passenger often stand together to pray.



UPDATED SAT. FEB. 23, 2008

Turkish Army Sends 10,000 Troops into Iraq

February 22, 2008

Thousands of Turkish troops have crossed into northern Iraq and thousands more are at the border ready to join them in their hunt for Kurdish PKK guerrillas, a senior military source said today.

Turkey’s military said the land offensive - the first major incursion in a decade - had fighter aircraft in support, and Turkish television reported that 10,000 troops had entered Iraq.

“The Turkish Armed Forces, which attach great importance to Iraq’s territorial integrity and stability, will return home in the shortest time possible after its goals have been achieved,” the General Staff said in a statement posted on its website.

The military source based in southeast Turkey told Reuters: “Thousands of troops have crossed the border and thousands more are waiting at the border to join them if necessary.”


9mm Hi Power Velocities

By Stephen Camp

Unless otherwise noted, all velocities are based on 10-shot averages taken with the pistol being fired approximately 10' from the screens. The barrel will be the standard factory barrel unless mentioned otherwise. Velocities are in ft/sec as are extreme spreads and standard deviations. I do not have the latter two figures on all loads. As there can be variations between certain lots of ammunition, the velocities shown are the ones more consistently in the same "ball park" as seen over several test sessions. Some loads shown are no longer produced, but are included because this ammunition is still being used by some Hi Power shooters. This information will be updated when new loads are chronographed or if significant changes are seen in any previously tested. An asterisk indicates that the load is no longer produced.

Ammunition: Average - Velocity - Extreme - Spread Std. Deviation


Glaser Blue 80-gr

Pre-Frag +P 1534 N/A N/A


Remington 88-gr JHP* 1526 N/A N/A


Hirtenberger 100-gr JSP

FL 1299 N/A N/A


Corbon 100-gr PowRball +P 1473 46 17


Winchester USA 100-gr FMJ 1161 N/A N/A


PMP 115-gr FMJ 1092 74 23


Fiocchi 115-gr FMJ 1127 41 15


Federal M882 115-gr FMJ 1146 N/A N/A


Magtech 115-gr FMJ 1167 N/A N/A


Federal 115-gr JHP (9BP) 1177 57 18


Hornady 115-gr XTP 1161 N/A N/A


Remington 115-gr JHP +P 1251 N/A N/A


Samson-IMI 115-gr DiCut JHP 1251 36 12


Corbon 115-gr JHP +P 1381 N/A N/A


Triton 115-gr Hi Vel JHP +P* 1332 N/A N/A


Federal 124-gr Nyclad HP* 1140 50 16


Remington 124-gr Golden

Saber JHP +P 1157 N/A N/A


Corbon 124-gr XTP +P* 1258 N/A N/A


Triton 125-gr Hi Vel JHP +P* 1281 28 12


Winchester 127-gr JHP +P+

RA9TA 1269 31 11


Triton 135-gr QuikShok +P* 1182 27 12


Remington 147-gr Golden

Saber JHP 1033 42


Range Report: SIG-Sauer DAK P-220 SAS .45 ACP

By Stephen Camp

At one time when the words "forty-five automatic" were heard, the Colt Government Model immediately came to mind. Times have changed and more than a few different pistols are chambered in this American favorite, though the great 1911-pattern pistol continues to reign at or near the top of popularity polls. I have long been an ardent fan of the single-action autoloader and have made no secret of my love for both the 9mm Hi Power and .45 1911-style handgun.

To legions of shooters, including me, these two premiere single-actions remain near perfect.

But if that's the case, why have all of these other forty-five pistols come along? Could it be that "perfection" is dependent upon the eye (and hand) of the beholder? Might external forces such as law enforcement agency rules, public pressure and personal preference exhibit a role in this determination? I think that the answer to these questions is yes.

At one time, if a shooter wanted a forty-five in something other than a single-action design, he was pretty well forced to go with a conventional DA/SA pistol. This is no longer true and a fellow can pick between conventional DA/SA, Glock "Safe Action", as well as a sort of disguised SA in Springfield Armory's XD line of pistols. He (or she) can also choose a DAO (Double-Action-Only) pistol but though better than in the past, these usually have rather stiff trigger pulls.

One of the newer designs comes from SIG-Sauer. It is a DAO design but is called DAK for "Double-Action Kellerman" in honor of the fellow who came up with the system. Without going into great detail, the DAK action is significantly lighter and smoother than the standard DAO pistols. Rather than a "partially cocked" design, the main difference is in an extended "leg" on the hammer that allows considerably greater leverage against the mainspring when the trigger pull cocks and releases the hammer. It is much smoother and lighter than I expected. In their literature, SIG-Sauer lists it at 7.5-lbs…and I believe it.

The pistol used for this report is one that I purchased NIB and is the SAS version of the P-220. SAS stands for "SIG Anti-Snag". Essentially, the sharp edges of the pistol have been "melted" from the factory. The trigger face is smooth and the gun has a stainless steel slide. The rear sight is the usual dovetailed affair with a white vertical stripe in the center. The front sight, also dovetailed, is tritium. This version of the P-220 comes with checkered wooden stocks. The frame is aluminum and is nicely black anodized. Unlike earlier P-220's, this one's slide is machined from a billet of steel. It is not a folded steel shell with a solid steel breach block pinned in place as on the earlier P-220's. (I find this neither an advantage or disadvantage, as I've not seen heavily shot older P-220's exhibit any catastrophic slide failures. Some SIG-Sauer aficionados prefer the older design, remarking that the heavier machined slides are too "top heavy." This would be a decision for the individual shooter to decide. I own both types and do not favor one over the other in this regard.)

This is the test pistol used for this report. It is stock other than for a narrow strip of "anti-skid" tape on the front grip strap. The takedown lever is in the place normally associated with the 1911's slide release. On this pistol, the slide release is located over the left grip panel. There is no decocking lever on SIG-Sauer's DAK pistols as it is not needed whatsoever. The pistol's barrel is 4.4" long and twist rate is 1:16". It weighs in at 31.2 oz. and has a 6.3" sight radius. The P-220 SAS measures 7.8" long and 5.5" high. It has the "green" spring, which is for service level loads.

Ammunition Used: I have fired this pistol several times and have found it to be utterly reliable with the following factory loads:

Corbon 165-gr. DPX (Compact Gun Load)

Corbon 165-gr. Pow'RBall +P

Taurus 185-gr. Hex Head Hollow Point

Corbon 185-gr. DPX +P

Federal 185-gr. JHP

Corbon 200-gr. JHP +P (discontinued load)

Winchester 230-gr. Ranger JHP

Remington 230-gr. Golden Saber

Speer 230-gr. Gold Dot

Federal Classic 230-gr. JHP

Federal 230-gr. HydraShok

Chronographed velocities were in line with what I've seen from the 4.25" Commander.

For today's shooting, the following ammunition was used:

Kead 230-gr. CRN

6.3-gr. Unique

WLP Primer

Winchester Case

Hornady 230-gr. JFP

6.3-gr. Unique

WLP Primer

Winchester Case

Speer 230-gr. Gold Dot

6.3-gr. Unique

WLP Primer

Winchester Case

Precision 200-gr. CSWC

5.0-gr. Bullseye

WLP Primer

Winchester Case

One factory load was tried today. It is Remington's 185-gr. FMJ. This flat-point bullet averaged 991 ft/sec based on 10 shots fired approximately 10' from the chronograph screens. The 200-gr. Precision CSWC averaged 857 ft/sec. The 230-gr. handloads were all in the 820 to 840 ft/sec range.

Five different loads were used in today's shooting. The only factory load fired is second from the right and is Remington's 185-gr. "MC Flat Nose".

Shooting: Though the DAK system was not envisioned as a bullseye shooter's action, I did shoot a few slow-fire targets at 15 yards. These were fired seated and using a two-hand hold with my wrists braced.

Several "practical" defensive type drills were also done. Past sessions at 25 yards and 50 yards have shown me that one can do some pretty nice informal "target shooting" if desired.

Both of these groups were fired at 15 yards. The group on the left was the best of the day while the one on the right, even though containing more shots, was typical.

The P-220 DAK SAS fed the Speer Gold Dot handload just as reliably as it has every other load that I've tried in it…100% reliably.

Higginbotham Standard Handgun Controllability Drill: Mr. Higginbotham, a veteran federal law enforcement firearm trainer, has a simple test that he recommends to see how well a given handgun is handled by a given individual. In its pure form, a piece of folded typing paper is used as to make a rectangular target measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2". I didn't use this target. Instead, I used my hand drawn "Gort" targets. The circular dotted area has about a 5 or 5 1/2" diameter.

To perform the drill, one starts in the low-ready position using two hands and must get 5 shots on the target in no more than 2 seconds from a distance of five yards.

Here are the results of ten runs of Mr. Higginbotham's controllability test using the 230-gr. Hornady handload. Using a Pact timer for each of the ten runs, average time was 1.80 seconds. I am certain that other folks can easily best this but I suspect this would probably be satisfactory in a serious situation.

Draw-and-fire: This one is just what it sounds like: At 7 yards, at the timer's signal, I drew and fired (two-hands) one round into a target and repeated ten times. I neglected to photograph that target but results were similar to the previous picture. Average time: 1.41 seconds.

Failure-to-Stop Drill: Also referred to as the "Mozambique Drill", this one has both its fans and detractors. I am neither recommending nor condemning it for "real world" use. It is used only to see how well the DAK P220 SAS might or might not be able to perform. Many folks have shot this exercise and know their average times with their weapons of choice. It is included so that they can compare the DAK's times with the ones they're familiar with using their own guns.

Repeated seven times from the low-ready and using two hands, average time was 1.86 seconds. This is 0.06" longer than the time I required firing five shots in the controllability test. Obviously, more time was taken making the precise shot to the head. Ammunition used was the Kead 230-gr. CRN handload.

Observations: This part is subjective: I like the DAK system. From what I've seen and read, those of us more comfortable with the revolver tend to like DAK. Those of us preferring the tuned 1911-pattern pistol view it less favorably. I see it as a viable and imminently useable DAO for people simply uncomfortable with cocked-and-locked or who are forbidden to use it. Though not an "officially recommended" mode of carry, the DAK might very well cause its user less concern if a situation arose in which the gun (with a chambered round) was simply stuck in the waistband than a cocked single-action.

It might be of use in the household where one member might be most familiar with the proper technique for effectively employing a single-action automatic but another is not. Like the Glock, double-action revolver, and the XD, SIG-Sauer's DAK line of handguns are "point-and-pull" firearms. There are no thumb safeties to be forgotten by the unpracticed. It is for this very reason that I use the one in this article as a "house gun"; my wife can make it fire w/o fail. In no way am I urging anyone to abandon his or her preferred "serious gun". I am suggesting that if you have not been able to make a decision or have to exclude the single-action auto, the DAK (also available in other SIG-Sauer modes & calibers) might be worth a serious look.

Positive Observations: First, the pistol has now fired roughly 1000 shots. It has had exactly zero malfunctions. There have been no failures to feed, extract or eject. Chambering of all round tried has been flawless and smooth. (A nice surprise was that this particular pistol feeds the 200-gr. Precision CSWC as slick as butter on glass. My other P-220 (conventional DA/SA) will only feed reliably with no more than five rounds in any magazine. This one feeds off of a full eight-shots loaded in either of the two stainless steel magazines coming with the gun, as well as with several 7-shot magazines, both new and older manufacture.)

The pistol has had no failures to lock the slide back when the last shot has been fired nor has it locked open with rounds still in the magazine. The magazine seats reliably without undue force when fully loaded and none have failed to drop freely when the magazine release is depressed.

Ejected cases are rarely dented and then it is very minor. They land 8 to 10 feet to the right of the shooter and in a consist area.

The pistol has plenty of mechanical accuracy. It is capable of better grouping than I am and the gun has exhibited no "first round flyer syndrome". All shots smack the same POA for me.

Primer strikes are centered and there have been no failures to fire and the internal firing pin lock does not affect the trigger pull that I can detect.

The trigger pull does not stack and it allows for the "surprise break" that many find conducive to accurate shooting.

The spurless hammer helps eliminate concerns over snagging from a concealed draw. (I have not seen spur hammers snag when drawn from a holster, whether concealed by either a coat or jacket but the spurless lowered hammer does lessen this miniscule possibility.

Mechanical lock-up of the barrel is tight but smooth, as is the slide's operation. There is very little vertical or lateral movement of this pistol's slide on the frame; i.e. slide-to-frame fit is very good.

Though I have no intention of changing this pistol's sights, front and rear sights of varying heights are available from SIG-Sauer as well as other makers. The tritium (front) night sight glows very brightly in the dark and there's no missing it. Though subjective, I find the sight picture on the SIG-Sauer very satisfactory as it comes from the factory but for those who don't, several other aftermarket sights are readily available.

There is neither a damned key lock ala current S&W revolvers nor a magazine disconnect.

Though I've only fired about a thousand shots through this pistol, visible wear is almost nonexistent.

Negative Observations: Earlier I alluded to putting a piece of anti-skid tape on the pistols front grip strap. The P-220 SAS DAK comes with a smooth one. I would much prefer that it be checkered or grooved for better purchase with sweaty hands or in a wet environment.

Though I find them very attractive, the factory wood grips are fairly thick. I find them about at my outer limit for easy use. Folks with smaller hands will probably find them too large. (Factory plastic or thinner aftermarket grips are available but be sure to specify that they are for the DAK version.)

Purely subjective, I find the rounding of the sharp edges on the slide to be too much. I would have preferred these to have been rounded but not so severely.

The beveled magazine well is minimal but that said, I've not had any problems with "speed reloading" and certainly none with "tactical reloads". Top competition shooters might feel slowed down with the level of beveling on this particular model. On the other hand, more aggressive beveling would result in a much thinner wall around the magazine well than the current thickness.

The DAK system has two different reset distances. The lighter one is employed when the trigger is completely released between shots. Releasing the trigger approximately halfway allows for a shorter reset, but one that is a little heavier. A barely audible "click" can be heard when releasing the trigger reaches that reset point. For me it is too difficult to "find" in a hurry. I just release the trigger completely and begin my next trigger pull, ala double-action revolver shooting.

I like it that this model comes without the accessory rail on the frame but others will find this appalling.

I would prefer this pistol with a full 5" barrel. While some versions of the P-220 can be had in this length, I don't believe that the DAK can be. For me, the hard part of the gun to conceal is the butt and that would be the same on either a 4.4 or 5" gun. Gained would be tiny bit more sight radius as well as velocity for the not so fast .45 ACP. That said, I'm not going to whine much about the missing 0.6" of barrel.

Conclusion: From what I've seen on a statistically invalid number of P-220 DAK SAS pistols, this one and a friend's, they appear to be well-made and reliable in the extreme with more than adequate mechanical accuracy. I believe that for many, their design will provide plenty of "practical" or "user" accuracy. This handgun can hold 9 shots of .45 ACP in normal trim. I believe that for most of us, we'll either solve the problem or run out of time before we do ammunition. SIG-Sauer does offer a 10-shot magazine for the pistol for those wanting all they can get in a single-stack magazine.

This pistol is easy to carry in a quality holster and with a good gun belt. For a service-size handgun, it is not that difficult to conceal in my experience but for me it shines as either a non-concealed holster sidearm or one for home defense.

I have read of shooters having some problems with some types of ammunition in their 8-shot stainless P-220 magazines. I have not experienced this in either the 8 or 7-shot, the latter being both older and current manufacture. There have also been some complaints concerning failures to feed and eject. All makers apparently have some guns that get out when they shouldn't and I reckon that includes SIG-Sauer. Having said that, I have experienced no problems whatsoever with my P-225 or P-229R 9mm pistols. Ditto, my older P-220 mentioned earlier.

Assuming that the pistol "fits" the shooter, I truly believe that the DAK system and the P-220 SAS can provide a very effective "serious gun"…as well as one that's just a heck of a lot of fun to shoot!


Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Small Light-weight Rifles and Carbines
Especially Attractive to Mousegunners

I. The Lowly .22 Rifle
Not all .22 rifles are small and lightweight, but many are.
Here's a page of links to .22 rifle information.

II. The Kel-Tec Sub2000 Carbine
The Kel-Tec Sub2000 can accept high capacity magazines from a variety of pistols. It folds in half for easy storage and transport. Here are some links:

The Mousegunner's SUB-2000 Compendium
GunBlast Review
J.B. Wood Reviews the Sub2000
Kel-Tec Specs and Cautions
Review by MPBlue
Sub2000 Disassembly/Reassembly
The "Other Side" Range Report Sub2000 by Kim Du Toit
A High Road Range Report (with chrono results)
Walt Rauch Review in Police and Security News
Sub2000 9mm Owner's Review
Another Sub2000 Review
Sub2000 Manual in PDF Format

III. The Bushmaster Carbon 15 (9mm)
Comparatively Expensive, but a nice small, light carbine (or pistol).
Gunblast Review of Carbon 15 Pistol
DefenseReview.Com on the Carbon 15
Carbon 15 Rifle

IV. The Kel-Tec SU-16
The "poor man's AR15," firing the .223 cartridge; folds in half, too:
Kel-Tec SU-16
Gunblast Reviews the SU-16
New Owner Reviews His SU-16
"Stealth Carbine" by Guns Magazine
American Rifleman Reviews the SU-16C
A High Road Member's Review of the SU-16
Defense Review SU-16B
Kel-Tec SU-16C
Disassembly, Cleaning, Reassembly of the SU-16
SU-16 Torture Test
SU-16 Manual in PDF (30MB)

V. The Hi Point Carbine (in 9mm or 40SW)
The Manufacturer's Website
Gunweek Review by R.K. Campbell
Mini-reviews by Many Owners
A Review by "The Martialist"
"Mr. Completely's" Review of the Hi Point Carbine
Chad Young Compares the HiPoint with Ruger and Beretta Carbines

VI. Small Ruger Carbines/Rifles
A Variety of Carbines in Pistol Calibers
Mini-14 "Ranch Rifle" Reviewed by GunBlast
Owners' Comments on the Mini-14
Mini-14 vs AR-15
Official Ruger Mini-14 Page

VII. The Beretta CX4 Storm Carbine
Official Website
David Crane's Review and Some Owner Mini-Reviews
Gunweek Review by Scott Smith
Firing Line Discussion on the Beretta Storm
Info on BerettaWeb.Com



« German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to the Chancellery in Berlin, February 12.
(Getty Images)

Israel Turning to Germany for Help

February 20, 2008 | From
In the face of a multitude of threats and a dearth of allies, Israel is turning to a dangerous friend from the north.

Recent signs indicate that Israel is increasingly looking to Germany as a much-needed ally as threats to the tiny nation continue to mount.

Early last week, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert paid a visit to Berlin. He did so in spite of criticism inside Israel’s parliament questioning why he would travel overseas while Palestinian terrorists in Gaza continued to fire rockets into Sderot and other Israeli towns.

While in Berlin, Olmert met with Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the increased rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip as well as the need to stop Iran’s nuclear program. Merkel indicated Germany would support an Israel Defense Forces operation in Gaza in view of the incessant rocket fire, saying that Hamas stopping the rocket attacks was the only solution to the situation in Gaza and that Israel has every right to defend itself.

The hearty support is welcome news for Olmert, who has been trying to rally backing for a wider-scale operation in Gaza to halt the rocket attacks, but has seen Europe back away from supporting its policy in Gaza, thanks to a movement by the Palestinians and some in the United Nations and European Union to paint the situation as a mounting humanitarian crisis.

Germany is Israel’s second-largest supporter in terms of economic and defense ties, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency says. The Associated Press reports: “Germany is one of Israel’s staunchest allies in Europe. Merkel has stressed its commitment to the security of the Jewish state considering Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s anti-Israel rhetoric.” Merkel plans to visit Israel on March 17 and the German cabinet plans to hold a session in Jerusalem to mark Israel’s 60th anniversary as a state.

However, in light of the fact that Germany is also one of the single largest contributors of financial aid to the Palestinian Authority, the question is: Is Germany trying to play it both ways?

As the United States, Israel’s most important ally, continues to waver in its support for the Jews, look for Israel to increasingly reach out to Germany. The Trumpet has continually warned, based on biblical prophecy, that this will result in a cataclysmic double-cross. For more on this subject, read Nahum—An End-Time Prophecy for Germany and the February 2008 issue of the Trumpet.





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Clarification on Rim Lock

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The 32 is a semi-rimed case which means that the rim that the extractor pulls it out of the chamber with is slightly larger in diameter than the rest of the case. Most ammunition for semi auto pistols are not like this (such as the .45 and 9mm). In those there is a recess in the case before the rim, but the rim is the same diameter as the rest of the case so there is no way for them to be rim locked.

In the pic below you can see the 32acp 9mm and .45 laid on a flat surface. The 9mm and .45 lay perfectly flat, but the rim of the 32acp lifts the back of the cartridge slightly.

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In the p-32 (and probably most semi auto's) the ammo is slightly angled nose up in the mag like this:

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This will keep rim lock from occurring if the width of the mag is not much more than the over all width of the ammunition. This is because the angle keeps the top of the rim on the bottom cartridge (A) pulled back and the rim on the bottom of the top cartridge (B) pushed forward like this (exaggerated):

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But if you throw in a shorter over all cartridge (ie hollow points) then they are able to move more forward and back in the mag which could allow the bottom of the top rim to get behind the top of the bottom rim like this (The top round would be rim locked if this were to occur in the mag):

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If this were to happen in a situation when you needed the weapon your best bet is to drop the mag and insert another because you will not clear it by racking the slide....

Some believe that if a rim lock has not occurred when you are done loading the mag it will not occur (That bouncing around in your pocket is not enough to cause rim lock because the mag spring is enough to keep them situated once loaded, although others say they have experienced it on a carefully loaded mag). Loading is when you are pushing on the nose of the top bullet to get the next one in, and that will separate the rim of that one and the one below it, and could allow them to get into a rim lock situation. Like this:

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So they say to make sure each round is pushed all the way back and to load carefully and look for rim lock (look down the front of the mag for one that slide forward more than the rest) after you finish loading, and if you carry with a full mag + 1, chamber the +1 with another mag, not your carry mag then put another back in (because after stripping the first round the lower ones could have moved around and loading after that can cause rim lock).

One fix for this is to take the mag apart and make a plastic spacer to put in the rear of the mag (this also requires shortening the follower to accommodate the spacer) to shorten the inside dimensions of it so that the shorter ammunition can not move enough forward and back to become rim locked. But this makes that mag a HP only mag and will no longer accept FMJ.

Now there is an easy answer if you want to use HP's, the Flyer Wire is a small wire spacer that solves the problem.

My personal opinion is to carry FMJ in my p-32. This is because of the better penetration of the FMJ and it being more likely to get to something vital. That and looking at how many of the HP's that did not expand, or only expanded a little (look here) was not worth the trade off in penetration and reliability of FMJ's to me. That you must decide for yourself. Here are some pro's and Con's of FMJ vs HP's on 32ACP


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Makarov! Well Worth the Money!

By Stephen Camp

This is not a "range report" on the Makarov. I have a couple of those out there on and as well as other sites if interested. This concerns my observations of the little jewel after fair use over a bit more than a year.

With other than the 115 and 120-grain JHP loads, these pistols are normally dead-bang reliable and I was truly surprised at the pistol's mechanical or intrinsic accuracy, especially when using the cheap surplus ammo we all buy. At prices now ranging in the $150 - $200 range, you get one heck of a good pistol. Even with the two loads mentioned above, but a minute's careful attention to the bevel at the lower end of the feed ramp solves their reliability problem, at least in my guns.

I place high regard for things that work and the Makarovs work! For a defensive arm, I'm not as partial to 9x18mm Makarov as other calibers, but I'd much rather have a Makarov that I could count on than a larger caliber handgun that usually was dependable.

For those who may not be familiar with the Mak, what you get is a conventional DA/SA single-stack automatic in the ". 380 +" power range. Its magazine release is at the butt rather than behind the trigger guard and the fixed sights are miniscule. I find them hard to pick up at speed. The magazine holds 8 rounds for a total payload of 9 shots before having to reload. The DA trigger pull on my Bulgarian is smooth, but heavier than on my E. German. Both are very usable "as they come", but could be made better with some work at home if you're into such things or by a gunsmith if you're not. I highly recommend dropping by if you're a fan of these little gems or think you might be. One thing I do like about them is that even though they have the slide-mounted, single-side thumb safety, down is for fire and up is for safe, just the opposite of most autos having the safety on the slide. Because the pistol is not large, it is easily manipulated with the thumb for those wanting to carry the pistol with the safety engaged. The thumb safety also acts as a decocker. The pistol weighs 1.7 lbs. and has a barrel length just under 4."

This is an E. German Makarov that is stock. It has not been altered in the least, but does have one of the "CCW magazines" from in it. They work great and are inexpensive with high quality.

Here's some chronograph data on the 9x18mm fired from the Makarov. The figures listed are based on ten-shot averages about 10' from the chronograph.

9x18mm Makarov Ammunition Average Velocity (ft/sec)

LVE 115-grain JHP 1025

Sellier & Bellot 95-grain FMJ 924

Barnaul 95-grain FMJ 1058

Fiocchi 95-grain FMJ 1020

Corbon 95-grain JHP 1100

Hornady 95-grain XTP 984

Not in the same league as the 1911 with regard to aftermarket parts, they do exist and the Makarov lends itself quite nicely to some upgrades, but I find that some folks simply will not do this even if it's financially feasible for them!

I believe that the pistol is plenty good enough to sink the cost of the gun in upgrades! Let me explain why.

At my age, I have trouble seeing small, military-type fixed sights and the Mak certainly has those. While the plastic grips that come standard on the pistol are fine for concealed carry, I personally like the Pearce rubber ones better as I have large hands. Many will add the grips, but just "get along" with the sights, which while fine in slow, deliberate fire are hard to pick up at speed or see in less than good lighting…at least for me! Some have problems with the DA pull, but rationalize it with something like, "It's OK for the money."

Really? I don't think so. IF the pistol is to be used for self-defense, there's a good chance that the thing will have to be fired double-action for the first shot and with its lesser ballistic payload, placement becomes even more critical than with say a .357 SIG. While I would not have any springs lightened or bent for this effect, I would get as smooth a DA pull on my protection Makarov as I could. While my Bulgarian Makarov has a pretty good DA pull, it's not as smooth as my E. German, but were either just too rough or heavy, I'd gladly invest in my own chances for survival in a lethal force scenario. While it was not necessary on my pistols, better sights were and I went ahead and bought a Wolff conventional 19-lb. recoil spring as I have shot and intend to keep shooting the pistol quite a bit. (These can be found at and work fine with all the ammo I've tried.)

Shortly after I bought my new Bulgarian, I noticed an ad for what was called the "Beast Conversion Slide" over at the Makarov site mentioned previously. For $150, I'd get a new Bulgarian slide that was fitted with Novak high-visibility fixed sights with the familiar 3-dot arrangement. Even though this cost as much as the pistol, I feel it was well worth it. The pistol has very close POA vs. POI and the slide is nicely finished in a black matte of some sort. While the conversion is no longer available, one can send their slide to the good folks at (You CAN trust them) to have the Novak sights added for about the same price. Assuming a fellow did this and then had a gunsmith do a trigger job and perhaps added Pearce grips, I'd reckon, he'd cough up about $250 to $275, well over what he paid for the gun.

This is my Bulgarian Makarov fitted with the Novak sights. It makes sight acquisition at speed much easier.

"I would never be able to get my money back out of the gun with that kind of money in it."

So what? If you're not planning on selling the pistol, you won't anyway, but consider this: With Makarovs getting harder and harder to find, prices continue to rise. Who can say that in a few years, another shooter might not be willing to pay your price if you decided to sell? A collector wouldn't, but a shooter just might.

I personally would do it even if I knew I could never get my money back out of it as I do not intend to part with my Makarovs. They're built like tanks and should last through many thousands of rounds and you can afford to feed them with the inexpensive ammo we can now get. In centerfires, 9x19mm and 9x18mm Makarov are probably the least expensive calibers available in many loadings. In a gun that I intend to shoot lots, I want it to suit me and the Mak is worth shooting in my opinion.

"For that kind of money, I could get a CZ-83 and a couple of spare magazines and maybe some .380 ammo."

That's true and you'd be getting a very fine pistol and one that's capable of cocked and locked carry, if desired. It would have the magazine release behind the trigger guard and would have at least a 10-round magazine, but it is a larger pistol and .380 ACP costs more on average than 9x18mm Mak. Either is a fine choice in the larger pistols for these calibers and you might just be able to find one of the CZ's in 9x18mm Mak, but if you really like the feel of the Makarov pistol and it won't be too hard financially, I'd get it fixed up to suit me and allow more effective use of the gun. Spare parts and extra magazines will be much less costly than for any other centerfire pistol…including the CZ.

The fact that the Makarov is initially inexpensive does not mean that it doesn't make a fine "base gun" upon which to do some specific refining. It's a good gun as it comes, but can be a great gun with a minor investment in money and time.

These things beg to be shot, so why not have yours where you can really squeeze out its potential and maybe enjoy it even more? It might also be very good in the event that you are in "the dark place" and need to be able to get the hits.




The St. Paul Police Department is requesting 230 Tasers to outfit the all of the department's officers with the electroshock weapon, Fox 9 News reports. The SPPD will purchase the Tasers with $210,000 collected from drug raids. The St. Paul City Council will have to approve the purchase.

The purchase is expected to arrive in St. Paul just in time for the Republican National Convention prompting media speculation that the weapons are being purchased specifically for the convention. When asked by Fox 9 News whether the police will use the weapon at the convention particularly against protesters, police spokester Tom Walsh said, "Our hope is that no one will have to use any degree of force. If it becomes necessary, will that be one of the tools available to them? I suppose that's safe to say."


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Sleaze charge: 'I took drugs, had homo sex with Obama'
Minnesota man takes his case to court, YouTube, $100,000 polygraph challenge

Posted: February 17, 2008
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Editor's note: The accompanying YouTube video contains sexual language that some will consider offensive. The article itself contains material that is inappropriate for children.

Larry Sinclair accuses Barack Obama of homosexual acts and drug use in video posted on YouTube

WASHINGTON – The electrifying presidential campaign of Barack Obama faces a new challenge – a Minnesota man who claims he took cocaine in 1999 with the then-Illinois legislator and participated in homosexual acts with him.

When his story was ignored by the news media, Larry Sinclair made his case last month in a YouTube video, which has now been viewed more than a quarter-million times. And when it was still ignored by the media, Sinclair filed a suit in Minnesota District Court, alleging threats and intimidation by Obama's staff.

Sinclair, who says he is willing to submit to a polygraph test to validate his claims, will now get his chance – thanks to a website offering $10,000 for the right to record it and $100,000 to Sinclair if he passes.

"My motivation for making this public is my desire for a presidential candidate to be honest," Sinclair told WND by telephone. "I didn't want the sex thing to come out. But I think it is important for the candidate to be honest about his drug use as late as 1999."


Remington Buys Marlin

Remington Arms of Madison, North Carolina has acquired another of America's longest-operating firearms companies, Marlin Firearms of North Haven, Connecticut.

With that acquisition, Remington acquires the manufacturer of two of the longest-manufactured firearms in the world. Marlin first produced their models 1891 and 1893, as quality firearms for the period. They had no reason to imagine they would become the oldest shoulder arm designs in the world. Today, they live as the Models 39 and 336 in the Marlin line.

This acquisition also adds H&R 1871, Inc. the Gardner, Massachusetts based manufacturer of single-shot rifles and L.C. Smith shotguns to the Remington line. Their single shots, marketed as Harrington & Richardson and New England Firearms make H&R 1871 is the largest manufacturer of single shot rifles and shotguns in the world. That company was acquired by Marlin in November of 2000.

Tommy Millner Remington's CEO, says, "I am pleased to announce that Marlin's well known brands with a long heritage of providing quality rifles and shotguns to hunters and shooters around the world will join the Remington family. The opportunity to combine two historic U.S. based companies with such storied and proud histories, is both challenging and exhilarating"

"We look forward to working with Bob Behn, a well respected member of our industry. He will remain as president of Marlin, charting a course of further growth and operational improvement," Millner continued.

With this acquisition, another longtime family-owned firearm company comes under a corporate umbrella. And that umbrella (Remington Arms) is part of a still larger umbrella, Cerberus Capital Partners. Today, Cerberus owns significant segments of the firearms market in every category except handguns.

Closing of the transaction is subject to certain customary conditions, including regulatory approvals. Credit Suisse acted as financial advisor to Remington with respect to this acquisition. Duff & Phelps Securities, LLC, a unit of Duff & Phelps Corporation (NYSE:DUF), initiated the transaction, assisted in the negotiations and acted as exclusive financial advisor to Marlin.

Frank Kenna III, Marlin's Chairman, said, "Marlin has been a family run business since 1924 and through a number of important steps, we have grown it into the company it is today. We knew it was time to find the right partner for Marlin to ensure our brands maintain their leadership positions and move into the next century."

Mr. Kenna III continued, "We believe Remington's commitment to the industry, shooters and hunters alike, combined with their resources from a manufacturing and sales and marketing position, will reinforce the confidence, hard work and dedication that our employees and management have put into our brands."

E. Scott Blackwell, Remington's President of Global Sales/Marketing and Product Development, said, "The history of our two companies in innovation and meeting the needs of hunters and shooters around the globe, combined with the opportunity to further develop the Remington, Marlin, H&R, NEF and LC Smith brands, is not only beneficial to the Company and our channel partners, but especially to our to the end customer. And it is these customers and our employees that have contributed to the success and longevity of these brands."

No actual financials are available for Marlin, but the family-owned company employs 575 and is estimated by Hoover's/D&B to have annual revenues of approximately $28.3 million. When added to Remington's sales, the combined companies will have revenues approaching a half-billion dollars. Additionally, the addition of Marlin/H&R 1871 will give Remington the distinction of being owner of the world's largest producer of single shot rifles and shotguns as well as the only manufacturer of both firearms and ammunition products in the United States, and Cerberus Capital Partners ownership of the largest holding of firearms companies in the United States.



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WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain’s campaign advisers will ask the White House to deploy President Bush for major Republican fund-raising, but they do not want the president to appear too often at his side, top aides to Mr. McCain said Sunday.

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EXTREMISTS CURSE "OLMERT" WITH "PULSA DINURA" Right-wing extremists hold mythical Kabbalistic ‘death curse’ against prime minister, exactly one year after identical ritual against then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

Efrat Weiss

Published: 06.27.06, 22:08 / Israel News

Exactly one year after carrying out a “Pulsa Denura,” an ancient Kabbalistic death curse, against former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Right-wing extremists held a similar ritual targeting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Channel 10 reported Tuesday.

One of the participants related, “The ceremony took place exactly one year after the one for Ariel Sharon. If, God forbid, Olmert continues to hold his position, we will pay a heavy price.”

In the ritual curse against Sharon, some 20 extremists assembled at the old cemetery in Rosh Pina and chanted calls for the then-prime minister’s death. The organizers claimed to have received rabbinical approval to hold the ceremony.

On Sunday a group of Right-wing extremists arrived at the Har Herzl cemetery, and there by the grave of murdered Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi, carried out a Pulsa Denura ceremony against Olmert.

According to the organizers, two services were held, 24 hours apart. The first ritual service, held Saturday, was carried out at a different location.

One activist said that Olmert was “wicked." "We should have done the Pulsa Denura half a year ago, but it’s not something you can do every day,” he added.

The source of the Pulsa Denura (from the Aramaic for “bullets of fire”) is in religious Jewish legend, and the curse's powers are attributed to Kabbalists. It is believed to be capable of leading to the cursed figure’s death.




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